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John Shook is Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry–Transnational in Amherst, N.Y., and Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, since 2006. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books, is a co-editor of three philosophy journals, and travels for lectures and debates across the United States and around the world.

A Confutation of both Sam Harris and Richard Carrier on Science and Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 5, 2013
A Confutation of both Sam Harris and Richard Carrier on Science and Morality

I won’t be submitting a 1,000 word “refutation” to
Harris’s challenge. My confutation of both Harris and Carrier takes less than
2,000 words.

Religion is the Opposite of Humanism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 31, 2013

Can humanism and religion sometimes agree on ethics? Sure, but not because religion got there first. 

Skepticism and Humanism - Allies?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 23, 2013

If you could go back in time to ask Bertrand Russell, what would he say?

‘Atheophobia’ Hysteria?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 30, 2013

Has the slandering of atheism, long heard from religion, been detected as lurking treachery within our own secular ranks?

Dawkins’ Tea Cup

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 24, 2013
Dawkins’ Tea Cup

On display at the Secular Hub in Colorado. 

You Aren’t Religious, But Who Are You?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 5, 2013

Just when you thought that categorizing types of nonreligious people was getting old….

Atheist Mythology

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 19, 2013

What would anthropologists discover after studying this odd tribe?

Does the Internet Generation Have Its Own Priorities?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 25, 2013
Does the Internet Generation Have Its Own Priorities?

If you’re wondering what the Millennials could bring to any social movement, look at what they typically value.

Skepticism and Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 9, 2013

So the Skeptic “movement” really can’t comment on what religion is all about, it seems. 

Theology Just Won’t Understand Human Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 30, 2013
Theology Just Won’t Understand Human Morality

Frustrated theologians just can’t see how humanity can be moral all on its own.

The Rise of the Post-Christians

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 17, 2013

It is still said that America is a Christian nation. Really?

The Secular Agenda

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 25, 2013
The Secular Agenda

Today’s great debates over religious liberty and secular government.

Are Nonbelievers Perceived as Less Moral?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 12, 2013

Don’t assume that research has reached a conclusion yet.

Goodbye to an Evil Pope

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 28, 2013
Goodbye to an Evil Pope

We won’t miss the Pope who used moral relativism to justify moral depravity. 

What Did Science Owe to Christianity?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 16, 2013
What Did Science Owe to Christianity?

Yes, experimental science arose in Christian Europe. Does the hostage really owe the captor anything?

Is Faith in God Reasonable?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 4, 2013

An odd question, but is it really debatable?

Atheism and the Consolations of Philosophy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 16, 2013

Why would atheism have to console people as much as religion? 

New Year’s Resolutions - For Humanity

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 1, 2013

The hopeful and helpful resolutions needed for our world are still here, always ready when needed.

A History of Disbelief

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 27, 2012

Jonathan Miller’s 2004 documentary is still the best survey of atheism’s history.

What Does Humanism Stand On?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 11, 2012

If humanism is more than a lifestyle choice or a subjective preference, where could it base its principles?

Richard Dawkins explains the Irrationality behind Miracles

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 5, 2012

An amusing talk by Dawkins that illustrates how seemingly amazing coincidences are just meaningless events.

Atheists, Nontheists, Agnostics, Faitheists, Apatheists, and now “Evatheists”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 13, 2012
Atheists, Nontheists, Agnostics, Faitheists, Apatheists, and now “Evatheists”

Just when you thought that the zoo for the nonreligious couldn’t get weirder…. 

 

Religious War has been declared by the Religious Right

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 1, 2012
Religious War has been declared by the Religious Right

Historians won’t overlook the late hours of this 2012 election when they estimate when a new religious war began in America.  

A Tribute to Paul Kurtz, Secular Philosopher

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 23, 2012

His organization of the secular movement won’t be soon forgotten. His organization of a positive philosophy to replace religion won’t be forgotten by the ages.

What the World Needs Most is Critical Inquiry

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 15, 2012
What the World Needs Most is Critical Inquiry

And the Center for Inquiry is always at the forefront of advancing reason!

How the West Was Civilized Despite Christianity

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 3, 2012

Yes, there’s a clash of civilizations. Before pondering some East-West clash, understand the war for the West first. 

After Atheism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 17, 2012
After Atheism

The question should not be “What follows from Atheism” but rather “What leads after Atheism”.

 

Religious Liberty - A Reality Check

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 9, 2012
Religious Liberty - A Reality Check

Let’s recall what “religious liberty” really means, before it is too late.

‘Violence Against Women Act’ stalled over Inhuman Politics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 29, 2012

While conventions fiddle around, human rights go unprotected.

Children Can’t Choose Their Religion, But Judges Can Do It For Them

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 6, 2012

There is no legal impartiality when a judge imposes a religious stance in court decisions.

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